Monday, March 23, 2015

Finalized Program

Program: Second City Disability Studies in Education Conference 2015
Tuesday, April 14th (12:00pm –  8:00pm)
12:00                       Registration Opens
1:00-2:15              Concurrent Sessions 1
1A. Neurodiversity/Neuroqueer in Disability Studies in Education
·       The Place of Neurodiversity/Neuroqueer in Disability Studies in Education:  Phil Smith, Elizabeth Grace, Zach Richter, Susan Song, and Stephanie Ban
1B. Transforming Teacher Education through Disability Studies
·       Connecting Disability Studies in Education to Social Foundations: Breaking Through to  Mainstream “Special” Education: Christie Routel
·       A Cultural Exploration:  Identity & Disability Literacy: Linda Ware
1C. Riding the Third Wave from Transition Planning through Adult Living
·       Establishing Community in the Third Wave of DSE:  Lessons from an Independence Narrative: Amy Boelé
·       Critical Issues for the Third Wave of Disability Studies in Education: Doris Fleischer
·       Self Advocacy and Self Determination for Youth with Disability and their Parents During School Transition Planning: Eva Rodriguez
·       Assessing Opportunities in a Technology Center for Non-traditional Students in Special Education: Jennifer Wolf and Robert Anderson
2:30-3:45              Concurrent Sessions 2
2A. Critical Perspectives of Disability Policy on School Practice
·       CCSS Alignment with IEP Goals: Another Way to Create Winners and Losers in School: Maggie Bartlett, Amy Otis-Wilbor and Nancy Jean Sims
·       Where is the Special Needs Coordinator? The Position of the SENCO in the Support of Teachers: Inge Van de Putte
·       State Continuum Policies and their Relationships to Access to General Education Contexts for Students with Intellectual Disability: Julia White and Meghan Cosier
2B. Lessons Learned from Empowered Parents of Children with Disabilities
·       Crossing Thresholds with a Child with a Disability: Elisabeth De Schauwer
·       Pitfalls and Pratfalls in Navigating the Educational System with a Focus on Competence and Inclusion: Jane Strauss

2C. The Continued Fight Towards Communication Rights for All: New Directions and Understandings 
·       Communication [Still] Under Fire: The Role of Disability Studies in Education in the Fight for Communication Access, Equity and Choice: Christy Ashby, Eunyoung Jung, Katherine Vroman, and Casey Woodfield
·       Disney Dialogues: No Sidekick Left Behind: Telory Davies Arendell
·       Meaningful Communication for Individuals with Autism: From Disability Rights to Current Effective Practices: Fernanda Orsati and Renee Starowicz
·       Examining Communication Competence through the Classroom Interactions of a Preschool-Age Child with Autism: Laura De Thorn, Julie Hengst, Hillary Valentino, and Stephanie Russell
6:00-8:00              Opening Event
Awards: TBA
Evening Panel:
·       Honoring the Work of Steven J. Taylor: Combining Scholarship and Advocacy in the Service of Social Justice: Deanna Adams, Jessica Bacon, Douglas Biklen, Alicia Broderick, Danielle Cowley, Christopher Kliewer, Janet Sauer, Linda Ware, and Julia White
Wednesday, April 15th (9:00am – 8:00pm)
9:00-10:15           Concurrent Sessions 3
3A. Old Theories, New Directions for Disability Studies and Education
·       The Third Wave of Disability Studies in Education:  Radicalizing “Dis/Ability” and Radicalizing “Education”: Alicia Broderick
·       Disability Capital: Applying Bourdieu to Equity Concerns in Transition and Family Involvement: Zach McCall
·       High-Tide: Riding the Wave of a Structuralist Perspective in Disability Studies: Amy Tepper Karolewicz
3B. Evolving and Promoting Universal Design for Learning for Inclusive and Just Classrooms
·       Universally Designed Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies: Attending to Intersection of Dis/ability, Race, Class, Gender, and Language Differences: Federico Waitoller & Kathleen King Thorius
·       Universal Design for Learning, Youth Fictions and More: Exploring Ways to Support Teacher Candidates in Developing Perceptions of Disability and Knowledge in Teaching: Xiuwen Wu
·       The Time is Now: Why Universal Design for Learning is the Ticket to Inclusion: Anne Zavell
3C. Possibilities Opened Through the Integration of Arts and Design with Disability Studies and Education
·       What’s So “Special” about Theatre Art?  Or, Making Choices to Include People with Disabilities an Ordinary Act: Cheryl Kaplan Zachariah
·       Pedagogues Becoming Designer - A Possible Marriage between Disability Studies and Design Thinking: Katrien De Munck
·       Spirits of Another Sort: Jan Valle
·       Disability and the Built Environment: Nathan Wobbe
3D. Metaphors of Border Crossing
·       Refugees, Immigrants, Ambassadors, and Double Agents: Employing Metaphor to Conceptualize Our Lives as Border Crossers between Disability Studies and Special Education: Terry Jo Smith, Elizabeth Dejewski, Elizabeth Grace, Kathy Kotel, Tom Porter, Tom, Xiuwen Wu, and Kate Zilla
10:30-11:45        Concurrent Sessions 4
4A. Enacting a Disability Studies in Education Framework for K-12 classrooms
·       Analyzing School Cultures and Determining Dynamics: A “Devil’s Advocate” Meets “Agony Aunt” Approach: David Connor
·       “Is Disability Studies in Education an Applied Field?” The What, Why and How Differentiating as DSE Practitioners is Our Fate: Andrea Dinaro, Suzanne Stolz, and Heath Brosseau
·       Troubling (Already) Murky Waters: DSE and Initial Teacher Education in One Program in Aotearoa New Zealand: Missy Morton and Letitia Fickel
4B. New Research Methods and the Future of Disability Studies Research
·       Troubling Qualitative Interview Methods: Thoughts on Creating Accessible Narrative Spaces: Danielle Cowley
·        “This is called layering, and yes, it’s totally valid [sic]!”(Remember when you told me this, when we first talked after I submitted the paper for class?? I was so unsure of E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G.) : A Research Story: Lauren Fontaine and Amy Petersen
·       Conducting “Inclusion” Research between the Waves: Carol Gill and Larry Voss
·       Mazzeï and Jackson’s ‘Thinking with Theory’(2012) and its possible implementation for Disability Studies in Education: Geert Van Hove and Dominiek Porreye
4C. A Third Wave of Disabled Activism
·       Towards a Practical Disability-Centric Model: Nancy Armstrong-Sanchez
·       When Letters and Phone Calls Get Lost in the Shuffle… Disability Activism Turns to Video: April Coughlin
·       Nothing About Us Without Us:  Bringing Disability Culture Out of the Closet and Into the Classroom: Cara Liebowtiz
4D. Disability Studies in Education as a Tool for Transforming Undergraduate Student Identity
·       Disability Studies in Education as a Tool for Transformation of the Self and Teaching: Brianna Dickens, Mariami Reamy, and Emily Nusbaum
·       How Have We Never Learned About This Before? Undergraduate Student Reactions to Learning about Disability and Inequality: Brian Grossman
·       The Autobiography of Ability: Conceptual Understandings of Intersectionality among In-service Special Education Teachers: Kate McLaughlin
11:45-1:00           LUNCH
1:00-2:15              Concurrent Sessions 5
5A. A Disability Studies in Education Lens in the College Classroom
·       Activism in the Classroom: Teaching and Learning Through a Disability Studies Lens: Mikela Bjork and Kylah Torre
·       Questions, Questions, Questions: Using Problem-Based Learning to Infuse Disability Studies Concepts into an Introductory Secondary Special Education Course: Laura Eisenman and Marissa Kofke
·       Toward An Awkward Debate Pedagogy: Disclosure, Flexibility and the tyranny of mandatory reciprocity: Zach Richter
·       What Does it Mean to be a DSE Educator?:  Sara Wasserman and Susan Baglieri
5B. Embodying Disabled Identities
·       “Cause I Just Want to Be Myself:” Identity and School Experiences of Adolescents with Disabilities who Identify as a Sexual or Gender Minority: Laurie Gutmann Kahn
·       The Discursive Relationships between Passing as Able-bodied and “Learning Differences” among High School Dyslexic Students: Aubry Threkhold
·       Archetypes of Identity in Disability: Nathan Wobbe
5C. Taking “Presume Competence” into the Third Wave
·       My Educational Journey: Marrita Jenkins
·       Transgressive Acts?: Claiming the Presumption of Competence: Christopher Kliewer and Amy Petersen
·       A Recipe for Success: Active Ingredients of Presuming Competence: Fernanda Orsati and Carrie Rood
5D. Embodied Pedagogy
·       “I don’t understand what you mean”:  Enacting a Disability Studies Framework through Embodied Pedagogy: Mara Sapon-Shevin
2:30-3:45              Concurrent Sessions 6
6A. How Ideologies and Policies Converge in Inclusive Education  
·       The Irony of School “Choice” in the New York City High School Application Process: A Systemic Interrogation of Inclusion: Jessica Bacon
·       Collateral Damage: Students with Learning Disability and the Neoliberal Education Marketplace in New Zealand: Colin Gladstone
·       No Stone Left Unturned: Exploring the Convergence of New Capitalism in Inclusive Education: Federico Waitoller and Elizabeth Kozleski
6B. Narrating the Third Wave
·       Neuroqueering the Exclusive Inclusion Classroom: Chris Bass
·       The Impaired Self:  Treading the Psycho-Emotional Third Wave of Disability Studies in Education: David Feingold
·       The Language Inside: Chronic Illness, Poetry, and Stepping Outside of the Body: Adam Henze and Leslie Rowland
6C. Systemic Inequities and the Institution of Special Education
·       Disability, Race and the Illusion of Educational Equity: Michael Quaintance
·       Cuts Both Ways: Ableism, Racism and the Systemic Violence of Special Education: Gregg Beratan
·       The Overrepresentation of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System:  A Closer Examination of Due Process and the Role of Special Educators: Kelli Bracken and Phil Smith
6D. Intersections of Disability Studies and Education and Inclusion in the Third Wave
·       Investigating Factors Related to Access to General Education Contexts for Students with Intellectual Disability: Meghan Cosier and Julia White
·       The Chopped Challenge: Deconstructing Education: Lynn Gallagher and Lynn Albee
·       From Precious to Raucous: Can an “Inclusive School” Join the Next Wave of DSE?: Amy Hanreddy
·       Accountability for Inclusion: Critical Disability Studies as a Point of Resistance: Lauren Shallish and Ashley Taylor

6-8           Closing Event: TBA

Town Hall Meeting

Friday, March 20, 2015

Registration note.

Registration website is not built yet and I do not know how to find out when it will be. I will not know until it is ready, most likely.

Please do not worry about this. Whenever it goes up, it will count as Early Bird for a good while to be fair and easy on everyone.

So please just check back here, where I will immediately put up a link to the official site when it exists.

Early Bird rates are Regular $125 and Student/Low Income $75.

Last minute rates go to $150 Regular and $100 Student/Low Income.

There will be ample time to register as Early Bird no matter when the registration officially opens. I can't make the site but I can make the rules :D - So you are all set. Just keep checking back here.

And...Happy Spring Equinox!


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Travel, Lodging and Parking

The National Louis University Flagship Downtown Campus is located at 122 S. Michigan, at the very start of historic Route 66, across from the world-famous Art Institute of Chicago.

Airports that work well - both O'Hare and Midway. Transit info below.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of walking distance hotels from last time Second City Conference was at National Louis. More can be found by using Google Maps, since this information can change and it seems like there are more hotels than this, but people need this information ASAP.

>>>>>>ALSO! UPDATE!  If the below are not in your price range and you are not wanting to share such as in a hostel, or the ones in your price range are already rented, there is this too. 

Our campus is directly on the Loop and has its own L Train stop literally visible distance. That is all the colors of L trains, all the lines. We are also close to the Blue and Red line subways. So you can get any hotel that is on an L route or the subways (sometimes called CTA if you are Googling) and get to the conference cheap and easy. This includes the fact that the major airports here are both on these lines, with O'Hare on Blue (45 min ride) and Midway on Orange (1/2 hr ride), so that if nothing else you can stay by the airports easily. Here's more details on that:

Meanwhile sadly the L trains are not great on wheelchair access at all, but the buses are really great and modern and spacious. Anything that goes to Union Station which is a travel hub will work well for buses, because there is a bus direct from there to our campus called 151. I just found this which shows there are more buses coming than just the 151,  from all around:

"Located on Michigan and Adams. From the Green, Orange, Brown and Purple Line Express elevated lines, exit at Adams/Wabash and walk one block east on Adams. From the Red and Blue Line subways, exit at Jackson. Walk two or three blocks east on Jackson and a half a block north on Michigan. Also served by buses 3, 4, 6, 7, 14, 147, and 151. Weekday rush periods only - buses 1, 26, 28 and 148."

And here is what I found on AirBnB:

Last but not least, a thread on Facebook has been started for people to find each other if they want to look into sharing. It is here: <<<<<<

There is also a Hostel within very close walking distance, a few blocks. Much more affordable and much less private than hotels, but also can be a lot of fun.

Lodging: Hotel accommodations within walking distance from the campus include:

Web Page
The Palmer House
17 East Monroe Street
2.5 Blocks
The Silversmith Hotel
10 South Wabash Avenue
2.5 Blocks
Congress Plaza Hotel
520 South Michigan Avenue
3.0 Blocks
Hampton Inn Majestic
22 West Monroe Street
3.5 Blocks
Club Quarters
111 W. Adams Street
4.0 Blocks
Travelodge Hotel
65 E. Harrison
4.5 Blocks
Hotel Burnham
1 W. Washington
5 Blocks
Hilton - Cultural Mile
720 S. Michigan Ave.
5 Blocks
W. Chicago City Center
172 W. ADAMS
5.5 Blocks
Hotel Blake
500 S. Dearborn
6.0 Blocks
The Fairmont Chicago
200 N. Columbus Drive
8.0 Blocks
The Allerton Hotel
701 North Michigan Avenue
1 Mile

Parking: There are a number of convenient parking options available:
Convenient and security-patrolled 24-hour parking is located in the Millennium Park, Grant Park North, Grant Park South and East Monroe Street underground garages. For rates, directions and other information please visit, or call 312.616.0600.
The garages are easily accessed from North Michigan Avenue (south of Randolph), South Michigan Avenue (north of Congress Parkway), and Lower Columbus Avenue (south of Randolph). For driving directions to the parking garages, please call 312.616.0600.
Grant Park South Lot:
Location: 325 South Michigan Avenue (.18 miles)
On foot to NLU: Head north on Michigan (towards east Jackson St.) You will see the campus located on the left hand side across from the Chicago Art Institute.

55 East Monroe Street Parking Garage:
Location: 55 East Monroe Street
On foot to NLU: Head west on east Monroe Street (toward south Columbus Drive).
Go left on south Michigan Avenue. You will see the campus located on the left hand side across from the Chicago Art Institute.

You can also check this website for additional parking options: